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About

The History of Moviegoing, Exhibition, and Reception—or HoMER—Project was founded by an international group of cinema scholars in June 2004.

It aims to promote understanding of the complex, international phenomena of film going, exhibition, and reception through several means:

  • Collection, scholarly vetting, and sharing, via the world wide web, of new data on film going, exhibition, and reception;
  • Creation of a portal website that brings these new datasets together and, ideally, makes them cross searchable;
  • Dissemination of new models of collaborative research in the humanities that incorporate faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in long-term projects, and the development of new ways to incorporate such research into cinema studies and cultural history classrooms;
  • Support for a variety of means of publishing research findings, with particular focus on electronic publication of working papers, works in progress, and unconventionally formatted works that are difficult or impossible to publish on paper—e.g., works that use graphic imaging software for multilayered mapping or works that are very heavily illustrated.

Our Co-ordinators

Daniela Treveri Gennari is Professor of Cinema Studies at Oxford Brookes University. Her area of research is cinema studies, more specifically, audiences, film programming, and exhibition. She has been working on memories of cinema-going in post-war Italy and Europe. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded project European Cinema Audiences, Entangled Histories and Shared Memories.

Clara Pafort-Overduin

Clara Pafort-Overduin is lecturer and researcher within the department of Media and Culture Studies and the Institute for Cultural Inquiry at Utrecht University. She published several book chapters and articles on the popularity of national (Dutch) films. She is proud to be one of the founding members of HoMER.

Founding Members
The following participated in the HOMER Project’s founding conference, June 2004
  • Daniel Biltereyst, Gent University
  • Kate Bowles, Wollongong University
  • Karel Dibbets, University of Amsterdam
  • Kathy Fuller-Seeley, Georgia State University
  • Douglas Gomery, University of Maryland
  • Amy Howard, University of Richmond
  • Nancy Huggett, Wollongong University
  • Jeffrey Klenotic, University of New Hampshire
  • Arthur Knight, College of William & Mary
  • Richard Maltby, Flinders University
  • Phillipe Meers, University of Antwerp
  • Robert K. Nelson, College of William & Mary
  • Clara Pafort-Overduin, Utrecht University
  • John Sedgwick, London Metropolitan University
  • Robert Silberman, University of Minnesota
Fellow Travelers
The following have lent important intellectual and moral support in founding HOMER
  • Richard Abel, University of Michigan
  • Robert C. Allen, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Martin Barker, University of Wales-Aberystwyth
  • Jane Gaines, Duke University
  • Mark Jancovich, University of Nottingham
  • Hiroshi Kitamura, College of William & Mary
  • Terry Lindvall, Independent Scholar
  • Judith Thissen, Utrecht University
  • Andre van der Velden, Utrecht University
  • Tim White, Southwest Missouri State University